Sharon Osbourne Leaves “The Talk” After Row About Meghan Markle And Piers Morgan
TV host Sharon Osbourne has left US show “The Talk” after getting criticized for her attitude towards her co-host, Sheryl Underwood over racial issues.
The show’s network CBS said in a statement late on Friday 26 March that Osbourne had decided to leave a show after a review, which found in part that her behavior towards her co-hosts during the 10 March episode “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace”.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave ‘The Talk,’ The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.”
“We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts. At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race,” the release continued.
During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
This incident occurred when Osbourne had defended her friend and fellow broadcaster Piers Morgan over his controversial criticism of a high-profile TV interview given by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, with Oprah Winfrey.
This led to a clash with Underwood, who said Osbourne was giving “validation” to “racist views” in her support of Morgan.
Osbourne later issued an apology over the episode, saying she had “felt blindsided” and had let her “fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over”.
CBS took ‘The Talk’ off air when it announced on March 12, that they would suspend filming while it investigated allegations the atmosphere was “racially insensitive.”
The show is expected to resume on Monday, April 12, 2021, following the pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5th.”
Osbourne had been on the show for 11 years since it debuted in 2010.